September 3, 2020, 06.11 PM

Spahn said there would be no need to reintroduce bans on visits to care homes. "And we can see that in shops we have things under control with social distancing and masks." 

Stressing that people should continue to exercise caution, for example by washing hands and wearing masks, measures could now be better targeted.

"We are learning where the dangers are greatest, sadly when we socialize and celebrate together," he said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel last week warned that the situation was likely to worsen over the winter.

Read also: Germany Advises Citizens to Avoid Travel to High Risk Countries as Coronavirus Cases Accelerate

Keen to keep the economy going and schools open, she has agreed with regional leaders to ban major events until at least the end of the year and tighten rules for travelers returning from high-risk countries.

Virologist Christian Drosten, who advises the government, has said shortening the quarantine period to five days from two weeks might be realistic.

(Writer: Madeline Chambers | Editors: Douglas Busvine, Angus MacSwan)


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